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Inventor Kenton Lee has created a solution for parents who are wary of their child’s ever-growing feet and the number of shoes they may have to buy to accommodate their child’s growth. While the shoe/sandal was intended for impoverished children unable to purchase either a single pair of shoes or larger shoes to fit growing feet, those who are looking for a simple and more practical option for providing footwear for their growing child will find Lee’s invention useful. Shoes come in either small or large, with small lasting from kindergarten to fourth grade and large starting where small left off until about ninth grade. Straps set at various intervals on the shoe can be adjusted to fit the wearer’s comfort. The shoes themselves are made of rubber and leather and are meant to last.

Growing children should wear proper fitting shoes to ensure that their development is not hindered by detrimental foot problems. For more information, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will help you determine the best fit for your children’s feet and provide you with the information to help answer all of your questions.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in California. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Prepare Your Feet for SportsSevers disease is a common condition that often affects physically active children and teenagers. In order to prevent the onset of Severs Disease, it is best to  withhold specialization in a single sport at too young an age. It is generally encouraged to wait until adolescence to begin specializing in any sport.  

This information comes from the growing number of children attempting to specialize at younger ages. Sever’s disease is a common foot condition that occurs in growing children, and manifests as the inflammation of the heel’s growth plate. The best age to begin specialization is said to be fifteen.

While Sever’s disease is a foot condition of concern, it is quite common in growing children. If you think your child is suffering from Sever’s disease, see Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Steincan treat all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment. 

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.

Symptoms

Acute pain – pain asscoiatied with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

For more information about Sever’s Disease, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.



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